MANILA, Philippines – One of the suspects behind the fatal hazing of a freshman university student in Lucena City in 2008 has been a******d, a senior police official announced on Wednesday.
Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) spokesperson Chief Inspector Elizabeth Jasmin said the 32-year-old suspect, identified as Raniel Sarmiento, was nabbed by the PNP-CIDG operatives led by Senior Inspector Danilo on Tuesday in Sampaloc, Manila.
In a report posted on the official homepage of the Philippine National Police, it is said that police officers have prepared two Warrants of Arrest against Sarmiento, who was reportedly a member of the Tau Gamma Phi Fraternity (TGP).
The first warrant of arrest is served for violating the Republic Act 8049 issued by San Pablo City Regional Trial Court Branch 30 Judge Amy Melba Belulia with no bail recommended, while the other one is for Reckless Imprudence resulting in homicide issued by Lucena City Metropolitan Trial Court Branch 2 Judge Joselito P Tamaray.
Under the Republic Act No. 8049, also known as the Anti-Hazing Law, if the person suffered any physical injuries or died due to hazing rites, the officers and members of the fraternity, sorority or organization who were involved in the hazing shall be held liable as principals and may be sentenced to life imprisonment.
A freshman Marine Engineering student at the Enverga University (EU) in Lucena City, Chester Paulo Abracia was reported to have died during the fraternity initiation rites. He was found d**d at Barangay Mate in Tayabas, Quezon on August 2, 2008.
His body was wrapped with banana leaves and a blanket when it was discovered and severe multiple injuries were found in different parts of his body.
Sarmiento is the main suspect on Abracia’s d***h. Aside from Sarmiento, another suspect, identified as Michelle Cortez de Subueto, has been a******d on June 8, 2015.
According to CIDG Chief Police Director Benjamin Magalong, 45 more suspects- half of them women- are still at large as of this posting.